Thursday, December 16, 2010

Whatever you think of Wikileaks, ...

... you probably ought to read Glenn Greenwald's post, "Getting to Assange through Manning," and at least skim his earlier one, "The inhumane conditions of Bradley Manning's detention."

Presumption of innocence and freedom of the press are just empty slogans if they're only applied in the easy cases.

(h/t: Jack Stuef)

[Added] And remember, brave war-fighters, that you are fighting for America's freedoms!

The Air Force is barring its personnel from using work computers to view the Web sites of The New York Times and more than 25 other news organizations and blogs that have posted secret cables obtained by WikiLeaks, Air Force officials said Tuesday.

When Air Force personnel on the service’s computer network try to view the Web sites of The Times, the British newspaper The Guardian, the German magazine Der Spiegel, the Spanish newspaper El País and the French newspaper Le Monde, as well as other sites that posted full confidential cables, the screen says “Access Denied: Internet usage is logged and monitored,” according to an Air Force official whose access was blocked and who shared the screen warning with The Times. Violators are warned that they face punishment if they try to view classified material from unauthorized Web sites.

As long as they can still hear Rush Limbaugh on Armed Forces Radio …

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